Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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90
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Reviews: 1,770
Hads: 4,001
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 410 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Reviews: 1,770 | Hads: 4,001
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with subtle reddish highlights that’s nearly but not quite totally opaque. Lighter than most porters, in fact. Nice creamy head with decent retention; good lacing remains.

Subtly smoky in both aroma and taste; this aspect doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors, instead blending with the roasted and lightly sweet notes very well. There are also touches of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Faintly bitter and floral hop presence comes out mostly in the finish. I actually wanted a bit more of everything and found it just a little too light in the end flavor-wise.

Easy to drink, with a moderately creamy, medium-thin body and measured carbonation. A smoked beer for those who are a bit smoke-averse. (723 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark, near opaque mahogany red with a big 2 finger rocky tan head that was fully lasting and sticky leaving a very good lacing.

S: smoky pine and dried citrus, and dark roasted malt and chocolate.

T: The initial flavor has a nice smoky and roasted malting with some sweet chocolate coming through. There is a slight coffee bitterness that follows along with some dark raisin grist, black licorice and dried prunes adding some spicy dark nature to the beer.

M: very smooth and smoky with dark chocolate. The body is full with ample carbonation bringing out the nice roasted nature and left a good smoky lacing.

D: Very good drinkability with good complexity and well balanced providing a great experience. (724 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle opened in Oct 2013

A - Cola brown body with ruby highlights. Creamy, light tan head with great lace and nice retention.

S - Soft mesquite wood and pork rib smoke, marshmallow, molasses.

T - Smooth and mellow with a soft complexity. Burnt toast, smoked bacon, caramel, molasses, vanilla, peanut butter.

M - Silky smooth, medium frame. Almost perfect for a porter. Incredible staying power.

O - An absolutely outstanding porter. The two years did the bottle well, but I'd have to say that it drinks almost as well fresh. (536 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, hops, and some slight smoke. Overall, a great appearance, good blend, body, and complexity. (403 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby-black, plenty of tan head, only a little retention, but some nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate malt, slightly fruity (like British yeast).

T: Predominantly dark chocolate. Slightly bready, some raisin, dark caramel sweetness beats the roasty bitterness into submission. Very well balanced (bittersweet). Only a hint of smoke in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.

D: As it warms, the boldness steps forward. It's a big brew with plenty of flavour. The 650 mL bomber is plenty. (522 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, dark brown with flashes of ruby when held up to the light. Carbonation cascades to form a one-finger tan head which dissipated slowly leaving an attractive lace.

Smell: lots of chocolate with a nice roastiness and a light trace of hops.

Taste: a very complex, dynamic flavor. Up front is a little chocolate with an astringent bitterness; this gives way to the lightest of smokiness and is finally finished with a sweet malt flavor and a nicely bitter aftertaste. Each sip is interesting.

Mouthfeel: body is on the heavy side of medium and carbonation, though light, lends a nice creaminess.

Drinkability: highly drinkable to an extent, but it is just not quite smooth enough to be a long session beer. Still quite delicious.

I like that this is a smoked beer that uses the smoke as a subtle addition to the final flavor, rather than the number one characteristic. (932 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, very dark brown, nearly opaque, with very nice deep ruby highlights. Light brown head of fine, dense bubbles that show excellent stickage to the glass with very good retention. Malty, roasty aroma with a little bit of smokiness. Very light american hop aroma as well. Malty flavour up front with plenty of roasted and chocolate to start, moderate sweetness. Bitter smokiness appears at the midpoint and carries through to the finish. Light bitterness from the hops, balance is more between the malt and charcoal smoke, which hit a nice balance towards the end and carries through to a long, drying finish. Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy texture. I really appreciate that the smoke aroma and flavour feel like a balanced part of the beer rather than just an afterthought that was dumped in at the last minute, but admittedly smoke in a beer is not really my thing.

22 oz. brown bomber, no apparent best before or freshness date. (970 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Good lacing throughout. Smell is rather mild, some roasted malts. Taste is good, malts, some smokiness, a bit of coffee coming through. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer. (277 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/red, medium tan head, pretty thick and spots of lace on the glass. Smell is malty, sweet cherries, very light smoke. Taste is roasted coffee, cherries, and light smoke, little bit of chocolate, quite malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation. Smoke character is perfect, not overpowering and very complementary, thanks DrJay! (358 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby witha beautiful thick head that has good retention. Smoked salmon and jerky on the nose. Medium body. Slick mouthfeel. Light smoked jerky on the palate. Chocolate and coffee tones also present. Some good roasty tones too. I like this one. The only better smoked porter I've had is from Alaskan. (312 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins

This pours from 22oz bottle(room temp) a very dark brown with reddish hues. There's a huge billowy offwhite head of foam that shrinks down to a solid layer and stays for the entire session.

The smell I'm getting is chocolate and roasted malt .

The taste on first sip is very chocolaty with good roasted malt flavour and a touch of coffee. Initially, I thought it was going to lean towards the sweet side but the roasted malt bitterness gives it a good dry taste.

Further sips in and I can taste *some* smoke but it's lightly done and it really meshes well with the other flavours and makes it quite smooth and quite drinkable.

The body is medium, the carbonation is on the light side and the finish, for me, ends on a somewhat semi sweet note. Very nice.

Bottom line: This is quite different from Alaskan Brewery's interpretation of a Smoked Porter, which is much more vigorously smokeie, but it's also quite good. I recommend it! (995 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic in the smoked porter genre. Pours dark delicious brown. Aroma comes through, a little different, is that the burnt choco malt I smell over any hop character? Taste, hey, there's a massive amount of hops (Chinook?) for a porter. . . for anything really. Mouthfeel holds up, drinkability rated a little lower as I don't think i've ever had more than one in a night. But yet you always want to have one on any given day. (427 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts, roasted coffee, and a touch of smoke. The taste is dark malts with a lot of bitter roasted coffee flavors and some smoke and hops in the finish. Overall, this is another solid offering from Stone that is recommended. (374 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip May,16.2011

A deep purple almost ruby red when held to a bright light, has a loose tan head three fingers deep before it falls to a short tunnel of lace leaving no lace after that

S more hops and less campfire then expected with a little milk chocolate and faint coffee

T much more dark earthy roast in the mouth but not layer upon layer, good but not the depth in flavor I was expecting. the hops I smell are gone but replaced with a little prune and purple candy on the finish

M silky entry and then it expands and turns to cream as it hits your tongue

O the malts not that smokey but it's something I could drink for a few hours without getting board or falling over

perhaps if it was labeled just a porter I'd give it a higher rating but the "smoked porter" I see on the label has me expecting smoke. Worth trying without doubt and I have to thank liamt07 for my chance at this one (925 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, lightly smoked aroma with a hint of roast and the barest hint of American hops. Nice.

Clear, dark brown and with a large, tan head.

Really tasty. Smooth, lightly roasty with touches of smoke, plenty of bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

I really like this beer. Plenty of flavour but smooth, silky and easy to drink. A solid and really good beer. (412 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 pt. 6. fl. oz tall bottle and poured into a pint glass. Not noticeable expiration date or lot number on the bottle. Sampled on Jan. 28, 2009.

Appearance - Very dark brown with a good amount of foamy beige head that sits on top of the glass for several minutes. After the first sip there is a good dose of light brown lacing on the glass.

Smell - Not as smoky as I would have liked but that smoky aroma was there in a limited amount.

Mouthfeel - Above average body. Stays creamy and does not break down on the tongue into carbonation.

Taste - The smoked flavor is not as strong as I imagined but there is a noticeable element of chocolate hops. Still a pleasure.

I drank this at the end of a snowstorm that dumped 12 inches on my backyard. This was a nice escape from the weather. (795 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color witha nice brown head. Aroma is nice and creamy with some subtle smokiness. Taste is nice and smoky with a good balance of malts as well. I can even detect some burnt coffee flavors towards the back of the throat. The aftertaste is dry and smoky as well. Very drinkable and would compliment certain foods well. I love this beer. (356 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thank You Kahn's of Indianapolis!!!
And of course runwayred for showing me the way ;).

Appearance- Great two and a half finger head with awesome retention. Decent lacing that slowly disappears after it sticks to the glass. A very deep garnet hue when held directly to the light and deep brown when held away from God's touch.

Smell- Not realy smokey for a "smoked" porter. More like a normal roasted malt profile you'd find in any other porter. Isn't waht I expected from a Stone product.

Taste- Coffee grounds to start with some more burnt like malts in the middle. The hops hit closer to the finish. Just a little general bitterness giving it a good baker's chocolate feel. The finish is a dark malt and toffee roasted over a campfire ending. Not too smooth.

Mouthfeel- A little thick, but does bring an overall pleasing sense to the tongue. Great palate of bitter brownies. (892 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown; almost opaque. Poured a 1 finger creamy brown head with good retention. Lots of thick lacing.

S: Subtle roasted nuts and bit of smokiness that's clearly not overdone (as some are).

T: More smoke in the taste along with wet wood; but, like the smell, subtle. Once accustomed to that, light grains, floral hops and a sweet candy taste are present. Interesing, varied and subtle flavors are the hallmark of this beer.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation I didn't notice decanting in the appearance. Coats the mouth and tongue.

D: Could't drink many, but well worth frinking. (593 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone is always dependable. I first tried this on tap, and remembered the smell as being more smoky. But now that I'm drinking from the bottle, there's not so much. The aroma is more chocolate and roast malt, with some smoke flavor only showing up with the aftertaste. The appearance is really good too, dark black with mahogany edges, milk chocolate colored frothy head. Nice beer, nice brewery. (396 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Stone Smoked Porter pours a very dark brown, with about a 1/2 inch head. It smells mostly like coffee, chocolate and malt, with a slight smoky smell. Very nice. It has a stronger smoky taste to it, along with it tasting like chocolate and roasted malt. There's also a slight bitter coffee-like aftertaste, which is good. It's very full flavored overall. The mouthfeel is thin, and it goes down pretty smooth with not much carbonation at all. I'm very partial towards dark beers anyway, and I would place this one close to the top of the ones I've tried. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Cheers! (608 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with moderate amounts of smokiness - char with hints of campfire. Also present are mild dark semi-sweet chocolate aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by well-integrated smokiness. Moderate amounts of dark chocolate come into play midway through the sip. Hints of leafy hops come into play near the end of the sip before carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer was more smoky than I remembered however it still isn't robust enough given the ABV. Worth a shot to see for yourself but not worth seeking out. (958 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As deep as garnet gets, before we call it brown, the head is "Chocolate", frothy, long lasting; the lace clings in thick sheets till the very bottom of the glass. Nose is deep malt, lightly smoked, sweet, caramel, and even a hint of coffee. Front is sweet malt, the top is medium to full, the finish is of course "Smokey", nicely hopped, light to moderate carbonation, dry, and a nice long lasting bitter after taste. Call me a "Stone-o-phile", but I like the over the top hops, high ABV, big malts and that robustness, only found in a few brewers beers, such as "Alesmith". (574 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Wegmans Syracuse NY for 5.49$

Appearance - Black/brown colour with with an average size fizzy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, roasted notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted nuts. There is also a bit of a smokiness and a touch of bitter coffee flavour. It ends with a grainy/chocolate aftertaste with a bitterness that lingers for a bit.

Overall - Very drinkable, but a little plain/boring. My bottle is a little past the exp. date, but still. A great session beer, but lacking the wow factor that most Stone beers have. (780 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My night cap beer that I enjoyed on an excellent day of drinking.

A - Deep dark amber that's not completely dark or see through. Fluffy white head. Nice.

S - Mostly of smoke, toffee, caramel, chocolate malt and slight coffee. Overall great!

M - The flavors are of one heck of a great porter. You start with some mild caramel and chocolate that rounds out to slight smokey BBQ flavor and finishes with a great coffee bitterness. Overall impressive.

M - Really light and very drinkable. Please keep in mind of the ABV change from the 5.9 listed here since it is now 6.2%

D - Overall a pretty great brew. I mostly have had hopped up beers by stone so its great to see that they have great flavored beers along side of hop bombs. Enjoyable perfect porter. (756 characters)

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.